Menlo Park politicians have learned a tough lesson about slate politics. Net, it's a loser here. What was characterized as the possibility the incumbents would help John Boyle with their coattails instead became a cement overcoat from which John barely escaped politically, despite his reported following in the local schools community going into the race.
Reviewing the final elections count is pretty interesting. Focus on John Boyle on the one hand, and Vince Bressler on the other. Most of the time, it's a safe bet someone voting for Bressler was probably voting for Robinson and Cline. Hard to see such a voter who favored him on the merits then voting for a slate candidate by and large. However, pretty obviously this wasn't true cutting the other way for folks opting first for Boyle and then voting the rest of their ballot. It looks like hundreds upon hundreds of voters deserted Duboc and Winkler on their slate and then voted a mixed ticket, apparently disproportionately for Robinson and Cline.
It's refreshing to see that the snazziest signs don't buy elections, the most money doesn't buy elections, running on a slate platform doesn't buy elections, and trumped up sports fields ballot measures with yet more matching bookend signs don't either. Looks like issues matter and politicians' records really do too, at least to a majority of local voters.
Hopefully the winners will have more to show us in four years than the legacy the last ones have left. Good luck.